Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home that coveted Oscar! “The Revenant” star landed a Best Actor win after After five Oscar nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio finally walked off the stage Sunday night with the coveted gold trophy.
The actor, who was a favorite to win, took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “The Revenant.”
He was previously nominated for four Oscars: “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), “Blood Diamond” (2006), “The Aviator” (2004), and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993).
DiCaprio used his acceptance speech to highlight an issue close to his heart — global warming. Here’s the full transcript of his acceptance speech.
Leonardo DiCaprio – Best Actor Acceptance Speech for The Revenant
“Thank you, thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year for their unbelievable performances.
“The Revenant was a product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew I got to work alongside. First off to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent on-screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off-screen.
“To Mr. Alejandro Iñárritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history these past two years. What an unbelievable talent you are. Thank you to you and Chivo for creating a transcendent cinematic experience for all of us.
“Thank you to everybody at Fox and New Regency, in particular Arnon Milchan. You were the champion of this endeavor. My entire team. I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career. Mr. Caton-Jones for casting me in my first film. Mr. Scorsese for teaching me so much about the cinematic art form. To Mr. Rick Yorn, thank you for helping me navigate my way through this industry. And to my parents, none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly, you know who you are.
“And lastly, I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.
“We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.
“I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”
Way to go, Leo!
The Revenant Leads With 12 Oscar Nominations
“The Revenant” led in Oscar nominations this year with 12. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu also took home an Oscar for Best Director.
DiCaprio, 41, has already racked up tons of awards for the role in which he portrays the real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass, who was attacked by a bear then left in the wilderness, trekking approximately 200 miles to find the men who deserted him.
Check out the official site for The Revenant here. Watch Leo’s acceptance speech below.